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Grafton Street

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Free
24/7 daily; shops and restaurants operate indi...

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Free, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Food Scene
  • 3.0Atmosphere

When you need a break from all the museums and historical sites, head to Grafton Street. This pedestrian street – which runs from Trinity College to St. Stephen's Green – is Dublin's premier shopping district. Here, you'll find everything from familiar brands to more unique items like quirky shoes and used books. There are also two shopping centers in the area, the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre and the upscale Powerscourt Centre. So, if you're looking for a place to exercise your credit card, this would be it.

Along with the interesting shops, recent visitors praised the people-watching along Grafton Street, as well as the performers. Many called it a great "Dublin landmark" worth a stroll for the atmosphere alone. You'll likely pass through the area on one of the best Dublin tours.

If the idea of shopping bores you to tears, Grafton Street is also known for its rambunctious atmosphere. As you walk along, you're bound to find yourself mesmerized by the dozen or so street performers and musicians hoping to entertain you in exchange for a euro or two. There are also several restaurants and pubs scattered throughout the area; hours and prices vary by vendor.

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But the real reason to visit is to take a gander inside the Old Library. These hallowed halls house an amazing collection of literature. Of all the books at the Old Library, the most famous and priceless one is the "Book of Kells." This illustrated version of the gospels was created around A.D. 800 by Celtic monks. The manuscripts' pages come to life with vibrantly hued depictions of Christ and his followers, bordered by intricate Celtic knots and other designs. Whether or not you're religious, previous visitors agreed that seeing the "Book of Kells" in person is truly a sacred experience. Although some visitors complained of crowds in the library, most agreed the "Book of Kells" is a must-see. For a more in-depth visit, consider signing up for one of the best Dublin tours, which stop here.

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